Local Graphic Designers Volunteer to Help Student Businesses Stand Out
Lubbock, Texas— Local graphic designers lend a creative hand to students in the Lubbock Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) by developing logos and marketing materials for their new small business ventures. This is one of the many aspects of the YEA! program that guides students through the process of starting their own, real business.
Graphic designers play an important part in the process, by helping students create a new and exciting online presence for their businesses that will help to brand and promote them successfully.
“As a designer, one of my favorite things to do is work with a client in the initial stages of their business, when all they have is an idea and the hustle to make it happen – it’s the ultimate challenge to help bring their vision to life,” said Yvonne Limon, Marketing Coordinator at Lee Lewis Construction. “These young entrepreneurs are no different. From hearing their initial concept at our first meeting to watching their eyes light up when you show them the first draft of their logo, there is truly no greater feeling! They remind me why I love doing what I do.”
This year’s graphic designers include:
Mary Carson Glenewinkel; former Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Intern
Shannon Gradel; Scarborough Specialties
Sarah Hay; Scarborough Specialties
Ashtyn Kahn; UDawg Graphics
Yvonne Limon; Lee Lewis Construction
Alex Masterson; Scarborough Specialties
Jacob Pesina; Wellborn Sign, Inc.
“I’ve chosen to do this project again because it’s a great opportunity to hone our skills for our jobs and for the main reason of helping an awesome groups of kids learn the importance of good business and practice skills for later in life,” Alex Masterson at Scarborough Specialties said.
As a non-profit organization, YEA! relies on the generosity of the community and of sponsors; people who identify with entrepreneurship and want to help pave the way for the future business leaders of tomorrow. “YEA! strengthens the community, and the community strengthens YEA!,” said Gayle Jagel, the Founder and CEO of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. “Our program managers and instructors seek out people in every facet of the local business community to help facilitate the creation of our student’s dreams into a reality.”
During the course of the 30-week program, more than 80 local businesses become involved with YEA! at various levels. Students work in close cooperation with local business leaders, community leaders and educators who use their personal experiences to demonstrate how to develop ideas and objectives, pitch potential investors, obtain funding, register with governmental agencies, establish e-commerce and a web presence, and more. By the end of the class, students own and operate fully-formed and functioning businesses, which they can carry on after their graduation from the program.
To learn more visit www.LubbockChamber.com/YEA or contact program liaison Amy Marquez at Amy.Marquez@lubbockbiz.org.